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There’s a Crosley For You! America’s Favorite Small Car

Posted May 09, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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If you prefer American cars over those from Europe, but still favor small over large, then consider owning a Crosley. Think about this: Most Crosleys were about 145 inches long, which is just 12 feet in length; overall heights run around 49 inches, or about four feet. Weight? Try about 1,155 pounds, which is nearly 500 pounds lighter than an MG Midget. Horsepower? Well, one certainly never bought a Crosley for its performance ability, but if you can live with 26.5 horsepower, then all’s well.

Crosley company founder and president Powel Crosley Jr. believed wholeheartedly in the American dream, and said, “I believe that every American who can afford any car should have an opportunity to buy a brand new, truly fine car.” One of the company brochures outlined his belief: “And Mr. Crosley dreamed of a new type of car – a car not based on old-fashioned ideas or prejudices, but a new kind of car. A light car. A sensible car. A car that would do its job of getting you there economically and comfortably. The result: The new, fine Crosley.”

For when classic autos need to be small and sensible, not Sunday driver status symbols.

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05/09/2017 1:50 PM

I see the production stopped in 1952, and there were apparently issues with the CoBra engines (brazed, not cast construction). Lightweight, convenient, and very high gas mileage for the times, Crosley was way ahead of the curve.

One engine in the family tree of the Crosley engines was the Taylor X-24 "Defender?"

There was a flat configuration 12 cylinder was meant for tanks.

It was not your father's Oldsmobile, nor was it his Harley-Davidson.

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05/10/2017 8:25 AM

I'm wondering if our very old Crosley refrigerator in the 50s was also made by a car manufacturer? It is a very sturdy little box that seems to never want to quit working!

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05/10/2017 9:06 AM

Like this?

Reminds me of a refrigerator my sister had 20 years ago (it was ancient then). It used ammonia as a refrigerant. After working on the electromechanical controls, it worked like a champ. Unless someone got stupid and threw it away, I bet it is still working.

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05/10/2017 2:42 PM

Yours looked much better, modern as compared to......ours which were much older. Where the body top framing was kind of more roundish in shape.

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Same Crosley. Also here.

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05/10/2017 12:19 PM

It was, and the Crosley company were masters of copper brazing techniques on tubings.

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05/10/2017 12:53 PM

If I remember correctly (subject to revision), I had a piano teacher when I was about 6 years old when I lived in Maine, who came to the house in a Crosley "beach wagon". I thought is was a really cool car because it seemed just my size. I've never seen a beachwagon since. I cannot remember even seeing any Crosley's for years. The new Fiat's seem to be the closest thing today. Bring em back!

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05/10/2017 10:50 PM

The Crosley HOTSHOT was first american car to have disc (front) brakes.

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